After an eventful weekend of games, it’s time to check back in on the top waiver wire targets available in most leagues. While week 10 may not have been filled with with a slew of emerging players lighting up the stat sheets, there are still several intriguing names that can potentially improve your lineups as we approach the stretch run.
To help navigate the possible options, we’ve called on another group of featured experts to give us their waiver wire advice. As always, the experts were given a list of 15 RB/WR/TE targets and we asked them to rank the players based off of rest of season value. These picks were then combined together to produce consensus waiver wire rankings.
Before we get to the rankings, here are the experts that chipped in this week.
Waiver Wire Rankings (STD Scoring)
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*Note: Beanie Wells is eligible to return from IR in Week 12
Week 11 Waiver Wire Advice
We also asked each expert to share advice about a target they like this week along with any other waiver wire suggestions they have. Here’s what the experts had to say.
It’s rare that fantasy owners have the opportunity to snag a starting running back off the waiver wire who is destined to be an every-down back but with Beanie Wells, that’s exactly what is available. Wells’ schedule is a bit daunting, but so is his stiff-arm. In a season where every-down backs are hard to come by, Wells, and his self-proclaimed fresh legs will give fantasy teams a much needed jolt at the all-important running back spot. No other waiver wire prospect will come close to his ROS workload.
Although Beanie Wells is my number one choice as a long-term addition, for me, the obvious choice for the top waiver wire player specific to week 11 is Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander. He presents another big target, 6’5″, for quarterback Philip Rivers who can get down field and make plays. Will he make Rivers forget about Vincent Jackson, no, but he’s the type of player that fits perfectly into the Chargers offensive scheme. The matchups over the next four weeks will be tough, but if you pick him up off the waiver wire heading into week 11, you’re not looking for a savior here, you’re just looking to upgrade your number two or three wide receiver.
The New Orleans running backs are tempting targets, but remember this: Darren Sproles is coming back soon. Chris Ivory’s thunderous 56-yard touchdown last week and Mark Ingram’s first decent game this season notwithstanding, Sproles garnered the bulk of the playing time before his injury. With Pierre Thomas in the mix as well, only pick up Ivory or Ingram if you are desperate for a short-term fix at running back.
The biggest pickup this week is going to be Chargers WR, Danario Alexander. After playing in place of Robert Meachem in Week 9 it appears he has taken Meachem’s starting job. In Week 10, he looked every bit as good as Meachem was supposed to be, notching 5 passes for 134 yards and a score against the Buccaneers. Health has always been a factor (knees) for Alexander, but as long as he is healthy he’s going to be a huge part of the Chargers’ passing game going forward. Worthy of a roster spot and weekly flex play in many formats, Alexander should only improve the more he starts.
In the world of waiver wires, most late season pickups are one week substitutes due to bye weeks or injuries. This week, there is a target at wide receiver who could provide a much more lasting impact, and that is Danario Alexander. Robert Meachem now appears to be an afterthought in San Diego with Alexander’s emergence and Philip Rivers is taking a liking to his newest weapon (tied for team high with 7 targets in week 10). Leave the one week scrap heap receivers alone and snag Alexander, who could be a viable starter down the stretch.
Thanks to this week’s Featured Pros for stopping by to share their advice! For more of the experts’ insight, be sure to follow them on Twitter (click their names above) and visit their respective sites.